Egypt Current Affairs

Saudi Arabia and Egypt to build bridge over the Red Sea

Saudi Arabia and Egypt have decided to build bridge connecting each other over the Red Sea to boost trade and commerce.

In this regard, Saudi Arabi has announced that an agreement has been reached with Egypt.

The announcement was made by Saudi Arabia’s king Salman during his official state visit to Egypt. However it was not mentioned where the bridge would be built.

Key facts

  • It is postulated that the joint bridge planned over the Red Sea at the entrance of the Gulf of Aqaba.
  • It will be located at the closest point near Nabq, north of Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt and Ras Alsheikh Hamid in Saudi Arabia where two countries are 16km apart.
  • The project has been in the pipeline for several years to connect the two countries from Africa and Asia continents.
  • In that plan, the causeway bridge would pass through Saudi Arabia’s Tiran Island, which would serve as a connection between the two countries and continents.


Egyptian diplomat Ahmed Abul Gheit named as Secretary General of Arab League

Veteran Egyptian diplomat Ahmed Abul Gheit (73) has been selected as Secretary General of the Arab League.

The 22-member league voted unanimously in favour of Aboul Gheit who was only contender for the post at its ministerial meeting held in Cairo, Egypt.

He will succeed Nabil El-Araby, Egyptian diplomat whose term ends in July 2016 after he had rejected second five-year term.

Abul Gheit is a former ambassador of Egypt to the United Nations. He had served as Egypt’s foreign minister from 2004 to 2011 during the final seven years of Hosni Mubarak’s rule.

About Arab League

  • The Arab League is a regional organization of Arab countries in and around North Africa, the Horn of Africa and Arabia.
  • Objectives: Provide economic, political, cultural, scientific and social programmes designed to promote the interests of the Arab world.
  • Draw closer the relations between member States and co-ordinate collaboration between them.
  • Safeguard their independence and sovereignty and to consider in a general way the affairs and interests of the Arab countries.
  • Founded: on 22 March 1945 in Cairo in Cairo by six members viz. Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.
  • Members: Currently, the League has 22 members including Syria whose participation has been suspended since November 2011.


Former UN Secretary General Boutros Ghali passes away

Former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali passed away in Cairo, Egypt. He was 93.

Mr. Boutros-Ghali was Egyptian politician and diplomat who had served as sixth UN Secretary-General from 1992 to 1996. He was United Nations’ first secretary-general from Africa.

About Boutros Boutros-Ghali

  • Boutros Boutros-Ghali was born in Cairo on 14 November 1922. His grandfather Boutros Ghali had served Prime Minister of Egypt from 1908 until his assassination in 1910.
  • During his term as UN Secretary-General, he had overseen several world crises including the break-up of Yugoslavia, genocide and famine in Africa.
  • He had associated himself with the famine in Somalia and had organised the first massive UN relief operation in the horn of African country.
  • During his tenure, he had earned a nickname Pharaoh for his reputation for being proud and prickly and reorganising the UN bureaucracy by slashing posts and demoting officials.
  • Prior to joining UN, he had worked in the administrations of Egyptian Presidents Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak.
  • He had served as Egypt’s Minister of State (MoS) for Foreign Affairs from 1977 till 1991.
  • He also had served as first Secretary General of La Francophonie, an organisation of French-speaking nations from 1997 to 2002.